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The Live Healthy Iowa Kids Run starts at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2015. Register Now!

Packet pick-up for the Kids Run takes place Friday, October 16 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. as a part of the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo inside Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center.

The start and finish for the Live Healthy Iowa Kids Run features a family-friendly out and back course along Walnut Street. Distances for the Kids Run vary based on academic grade level, however children may participate in the distance that is best suited for their personal development.

GradeDistanceStart Time
Kindergarten and younger1/8 mile9:00 a.m.
1st and 2nd1/4 mile9:10 a.m.
3rd and 4th1/2 mile9:20 a.m.
5th and 6th1 mile9:30 a.m.

The first 600 children registered in the Live Healthy Iowa Kids Run receive a shirt, race number/bib, commemorative Iowa Games medal and participant photo courtesy of MarathonFoto. View photos.

REGISTRATION SPECIAL Entry in the Live Healthy Iowa Kids Run is $10, or $5 if an adult registers for The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race, to be held at 8:00 a.m. The IMT Des Moines Marathon Kids Run presented by Live Healthy Iowa Kids will follow The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race, at 9 a.m. Both races will start on the Walnut Street Bridge in front of Simon Estes Amphitheater. Post race activities will take place on the Walnut Street Bridge with Justin Roberts performing a free concert at 10 a.m.

AGE APPROPRIATE RUNNING Slightly older children still interested in participating in a running event on marathon weekend may be ready to enter in The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race as a run/walk participant with a parent or adult guardian. Children between the ages of twelve and fourteen may even consider training for the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon. The IMT Des Moines Marathon encourages safe and proper training for any of our running events. Consult a family physician before embarking on any type of running program with your children.

The Road Runners Club of America does not recommend for a child younger than the age of fourteen to attempt completing a long distance running event such as the IMT Des Moines Marathon. Their bodies are not developed enough physically to meet the demands of this level of strenuous activity and endurance. Examples may include leg muscle development and electrolyte replacement. FUNdamentals of Youth Running

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